NCEA Exams begin for New Zealand students

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NCEA exams for New Zealand students have started today.

More than 120 exams will be held for pupils enrolled in the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), which are usually sat by year 11 to 13 students.

About 140,000 students will take part, and about a quarter of those will sit the end of year exams online.

The exam period was due to start earlier this month. However, the start was delayed to allow more teaching time because of classroom time lost to lockdowns.

All students will be kept 1.5 metres apart, exam rooms will be cleaned regularly, and masks can be worn but are not required.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins said online testing is increasing this year. Altogether 58 exams are available online, and about 35,000 students from 300 schools are expected to sit them online. Last year about 20,000 students took them online.

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